Policy Currents

By RAND Corporation

The Policy Currents podcast highlights new research findings, commentary, multimedia, and events from the RAND Corporation. Hosted by Evan Banks and Deanna Lee, with new episodes every Friday.

  1. 1.
    Why the U.S. doesn’t need more nukes, increased infant deaths during the pandemic, preventing veteran suicide.
  2. 2.
    China-Russia ties, considerations when raising the minimum wage, women’s health research.
  3. 3.
    Assessing the four-day school week, countering domestic violent extremism, racial disparities in who is convicted of more-serious speeding charges.
  4. 4.
    Supporting undocumented and asylum-seeking K–12 students, what drives U.S. adversaries to use military forces, the end of California’s eviction moratorium.
  5. 5.
    U.S. prescription drug prices, the flaw of unemployment insurance, and mitigating the effects of disasters.
  6. 6.
    Addressing vaccine hesitancy, the humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan, and environmental racism.
  7. 7.
    Yesterday’s attacks in Kabul, just how many lives COVID vaccines have saved, and the competition for virtual-reality dominance.
  8. 8.
    Expert insights on Afghanistan and new RAND survey results as parents, students, and educators prepare to head back to school.
  1. 9.
    Defunding prisons, how to deter ransomware attacks, overcoming barriers to COVID-19 vaccinations, and more.
  2. 10.
    Helping students learn media literacy skills, sexual harassment and gender discrimination in the Army, an effort to build supportive housing in L.A., and more.
  3. 11.
    The link between historic lynchings and voter registration, Afghanistan in the era of fentanyl, supporting firefighters’ mental health, and more.
  4. 12.
    Continued vigilance is needed to end the pandemic, sexual assault and sexual harassment in the military, disinformation on social media, and more.
  5. 13.
    A step toward paying college athletes, the risk of pandemic-era birthday parties, helping college freshmen overcome COVID-19 learning loss, and more.
  6. 14.
    The RAND Art + Data artist residency program, sexual violence in the U.S. Army, supply chains and cybersecurity, and more.
  7. 15.
    Teachers’ stress in the pandemic era, Russia’s global interests, promoting social equity through infrastructure investments, and more.
  8. 16.
    China’s quest for global primacy, understanding the coronavirus origin story, the U.S.-Russia summit, and more.
  9. 17.
    Declaring freedom from COVID-19 prematurely, sexual assault in the U.S. military, geoengineering, and more.
  10. 18.
    Vaccine hesitancy as a symptom of ‘Truth Decay,’ a strategy for prosecuting the Capitol rioters, Arctic diplomacy, and more.
  11. 19.
    The urban-rural divide in pandemic education, supporting working moms, what makes a good COVID-19 reopening plan, and more.
  12. 20.
    China's disappeared Uyghurs, what the U.S. can do to get the world vaccinated, policing in America, and more.
  13. 21.
    President Biden’s address to Congress, Russian and Chinese COVID-19 disinformation, U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan, and more.
  14. 22.
    How to make summer learning count, U.S. deterrence in the ‘gray zone,’ why so many Americans are stuck outside the middle class, and more.
  15. 23.
    How the pandemic is shaping demographic trends, targeting vaccines to ‘high-contact’ people, the Iran Threat Network, and more.
  16. 24.
    Trust in the CDC, learning from firsthand accounts of violent extremism, a federal vehicle miles traveled fee, and more.
  17. 25.
    How to support Asian Americans, the U.S. gun policy debate, routine cancer screenings during the pandemic, and more.
  18. 26.
    How game theory can help the vaccine rollout, the Abraham Accords, telemedicine use during the pandemic, and more.
  19. 27.
    COVID-19 testing in schools, giving a voice to family caregivers, preparing for daylight saving time, and more.
  20. 28.
    Black Americans’ vaccine hesitancy, sexual harassment and sexual assault in the U.S. military, rejoining the Iran nuclear deal, and more.
  21. 29.
    Stress is the most common reason why teachers quit, U.S. strategy in the Middle East, America’s shrinking middle class, and more.
  22. 30.
    Regulating hospital prices to cut spending, a COVID-19 vaccine strategy that prioritizes ‘active’ people, what the Capitol attack means for security clearances, and more.
  23. 31.
    Alternatives in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, sexual assault and sexual harassment in the military, how couples can sleep better during the pandemic, and more.
  24. 32.
    What the pandemic has revealed about America’s unemployment system, why stopping domestic extremism will be difficult, how housing insecurity may affect sleep, and more.
  25. 33.
    Transgender troops, America’s high prescription drug prices, food insecurity in Black neighborhoods, and more.
  26. 34.
    Why we should keep COVID-19 vaccines moving, a commission to investigate the U.S. Capitol attack, media literacy, and more.
  27. 35.
    Why we need to brace for more violence, COVID-19 vaccine questions and answers, how to reform the U.S. mental health system, and more.
  28. 36.
    Wednesday’s siege on the Capitol, Americans’ psychological distress, medical mistrust and COVID-19 vaccines, and more.
  29. 37.
    RAND’s most popular research projects of 2020: COVID-19 and schools, income inequality, foreign interference in U.S. elections, and more.
  30. 38.
    Americans’ ongoing financial struggles, how we can learn from the first phase of COVID-19 vaccinations, Biden’s Africa strategy, and more.
  31. 39.
    ‘Vaccine nationalism,’ reviving civic education, what the U.S. Coast Guard needs for Arctic missions, and more.
  32. 40.
    Rebuilding America’s civic infrastructure, Biden’s DNI pick, the grim outlook for Syrian refugees, and more.
  33. 41.
    Allocating scarce resources during a pandemic, insights from America’s educators, the lopsided telework revolution, and more.
  34. 42.
    Support for veterans with mental health and substance use disorders, changes to psychedelic drug policy, the vital role of family caregivers, and more.
  35. 43.
    The ‘Internet of Bodies,’ COVID-19 as a preexisting condition, how to cope with election anxiety, and more.
  36. 44.
    Why ‘vaccine nationalism’ could be costly, how voters feel about a pandemic election, why women are leaving the workforce, and more.
  37. 45.
    Fighting back against ‘Truth Decay,’ how to spend opioid settlement funds, China’s lack of friends, and more.
  38. 46.
    Russian propaganda on Facebook, the prospects for domestic terrorism during election season, protecting the U.S. electric grid, and more.
  39. 47.
    Election interference on Twitter, U.S. insulin prices, unemployment insurance’s history with Black workers, and more.
  40. 48.
    How Russia targets U.S. elections, Americans’ increased alcohol consumption, Black workers and COVID-19, and more.
  41. 49.
    Conducting Safe and Secure Elections in 2020
  42. 50.
    What private health plans pay compared to what Medicare pays, when COVID-19's global spread really began, laws that could reduce firearm deaths, and more.

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